Uform’s Highlights from EuroCucina 2018
More than 430,000 people descended on Milan recently for the hotly anticipated EuroCucina trade show to witness the latest trends in kitchen, bathroom and furniture design.
Chairman Eamon Donnelly shares his key findings from the five day event and what he believes will come to the fore in terms of styles and colours for the kitchen furniture market….
Contemporary kitchen furniture designs were heavily on show with lots of linear styles appearing to be still very much on trend.
True handless doors were a dominant player and were shown throughout in a mix of textured and smooth painted finishes. In terms of newer styles coming through, skinny shaker doors featuring integrated handles appear to be popular and designs incorporating angled internal frames such as the one shown below.
Less was more also with lots of stands exhibiting componentry such as thin end panels and thin shelving. Open shelving was utilised significantly to add an interesting dimension and cleverly divide open plan space to partition areas into separate living areas as well as providing additional storage.
Framing systems were very dominant throughout, particularly in dark metal materials. Rows of black metal open shelving could be seen as an alternate use of the typical backsplash area of the kitchen, an effective contrast with white stone and lightly coloured industrial style worktops in some cases.
We noted lots of clear glazed metal framed door options, some featuring subtle patterned glass which worked in harmony with metal internal finishes in some cases, an aesthetic twist to a simple door style.
While greys, darker paint tones and understated neutrals were prevalent and continue to be in vogue, we noted subtle punches of colour coming through, namely green shades, blues and even hints of soft warm oranges in places to create extra appeal.
Veneers in a variety of different stained finishes were hugely popular and were fused with a diverse selection of finishes and textures including concretes, painted mattes and even gloss. Notably, gloss, while still a popular contemporary choice, wasn’t a style that featured strongly in the main.
The contemporary designs were complemented by a stunning range of trendy finishing touches to include sleek worktop styles, backsplashes and mood lighting. To inject drama to the moodiness of the darker grey furniture trends, statement lighting featured heavily throughout the show in terms of its application. Featured internally in kitchen units, integrated into glass shelving and even used as flood lighting in kitchen island units, drawers and even backsplashes, this highlighted just how integral lighting choice is in bringing a kitchen to life.
Overall, contemporary was certainly the main overarching trend and true handleless appears to growing in popularity. Fusions of materials and textures are undoubtedly adding depth to the overall design of the kitchen now and we’re seeing this more and more. In summary, EuroCucina certainly did not disappoint. It was hugely evident that we, as a company, are very much on point in terms of our product offering in line with current trends. We’re investing heavily in future product development for the years ahead and we’re confident that we’ll continue to lead the market in terms of innovation in design, choice, quality and value for money.